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What Exactly is Assisted Living?

The Options for Senior Living in Austin Texas as it Relates to Assisted Care

To some, assisted living seems like a blanket term for a service for seniors. While the types of services available can be quite broad, assisted living is a type of environment where seniors receive personal care for things like housekeeping, transportation, meals and assistance with activities for daily living. These communities also make it a top priority to create a comfortable, socially vibrant and safe environment for their residents. Seniors living in residential care remain mostly independent and live in a private apartment. The assistance they receive could be as basic as meal preparation, transportation to and from places, and medication reminders to more help with more intimate activities like bathing, dressing and diapering.

Common Services that Assisted Living Communities Provide

Where independent living communities are more hands off in their services, and nursing homes offer round the clock acute care, assisted living communities are somewhere in the middle where they provide more personalized care services than independent living but offer a less expensive option for receiving many of the same services offered in a skilled nursing environment. Here are a list of some of the assisted living amenities and personal care services available from many assisted living communities in Austin TX.

  • Transportation
  • Three meals a day (many communities are now offering delicious fresh chef-prepared meals)
  • Laundry services
  • Consistent and regularly planned recreational and social activities varying in type and style
  • Emergency call systems
  • Medication reminders and management
  • We care for residents with cognitive disabilities
  • 24-hour security
  • On-site staff capable of responding to the needs of the residents 24 hours a day
  • Assistance with activities of daily living like dressing, toileting, bathing and eating
  • Convenient access to health services 

The average cost for assisted living in the US in 2016 was just over $3600 a month. Some of the more expensive cities for assisted living in Texas like Odessa, Victoria, San Antonio, and Austin can see an average cost ranging from $4000-$4600 per month.

Another thing to note is the two types of assisted living facilities licensed by the state of Texas

Type A facility is one that provides care for seniors who don't require regular attendance during sleeping hours and one who has his residence capable of following instructions in case of an emergency.

Type B facility is an assisted living facility that houses residence requiring employee assistance in order to evacuate the premises and who are not able to follow directions during an emergency situation. These residents also require regular night time attendance.

Posted by Sitebox Admin on 12/21/2016

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